This 3 night Southern Reef itinerary takes guests from the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay. You will experience the beautiful environment of the Great Barrier Reef region, both on land and at sea.
This immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the Reef through snorkelling, Scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours. Enjoy sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay, and sumptuous seafood buffet. Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel by Glass Bottom Boat and wander along the Haven track, surrounded by mangroves. Spend time exploring the underwater worlds of Coates and Nathan Reefs, and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island – you may even be able to swim with a Sea Turtle just off the beach!
Enjoy presentations by a Marine Biologist, including interactive “touch and feel” presentations, where you can see the Reef’s endemic species and learn about the area’s unique eco-system and marine biodiversity.
Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11:00am.
Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1:30pm.
- The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
- Secluded gourmet beach BBQ
- Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
- Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
- Informative presentations and educational documentaries
- History and cultures of the region and early explorers
- Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef
DAY 1: CAIRNS – SUDBURY CAY
Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and cruise Trinity Bay. Visit Sudbury Reef, and enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on the deserted sandy cay.
DAY 2: HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL AND DUNK ISLAND
Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot the electric blue Ulysses butterfly.
DAY 3: NATHAN REEF AND COATES REEF
Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.
DAY 4: FITZROY ISLAND AND CAIRNS
Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to disembark at 1:30pm.
Please Note: Due to weather, tides or any other reason affecting the operation of the vessel this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.